I'm working on a project where I'm trying to make it look like ashes are being blown away. My biggest problem is that I can't seem to control how long the effect happens. I want it to last three seconds, but it seems to last a lot longer.
You can animate the Force sphere to take as long as you want.
Shatter isn't very intuitive -- you have to look at the good shatter tutorials out there to get an appreciation for what the effect does. Avoid the youtube shatter tutorials done by high school kids. They're lucky to be able to find their posteriors in the dark using both hands.
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